Mercedes released the SLK cabriolets back in 1997. To date, the German automaker has sold over 600,000 units of the models. Now, the automaker is set to rename the SLK lineup to SLC. From the 2017 model year, the convertibles will sell as SLC300 and SLC43 replacing the SLK250 and SLK55 AMG respectively. The models are set to continue the SLK spirit. Though the 2018 Mercedes SL retains most of the design cues of the SLK, the 2018 Mercedes SLC introduces its own unique styling cues as well as new technologies. Read along to find out more;
2018 Mercedes SLC Exterior and Interior
The 2018 Mercedes SLC has a redesigned front fascia that looks sportier and more aggressive compared to the SLK. The SLC300 features a black-colored grille with a matching chrome trim and silver louver. On the other hand, the SLC43 features a diamond grille with a chrome finish. The night package adds a center 2018 Mercedes SLC ouver in high-gloss black. The grilles are flanked by new eyelid-looking headlights and LED running lights all in new headlight housings. Its hood is similar to that of the SLK; however, the front grille design makes the hood appear as if to fold over at the front which makes the grille and the hood appear as if they are a single piece. At the rear, the 2018 Mercedes SLC features LED taillights identical to those of the 2018 Mercedes SLC. However, a large section of the taillights has been replaced with a pair of slanted rectangles which serve as brake lights. An air vent adorns each corner of the rear. The vehicle’s body wraps around each vent to create a 3D look. Above the redesigned exhaust pipe is a reflector. The look is completed with a simple diffuser which is finished in chrome. The vehicles will ride on 17-inch or 18-inch wheels. The unique electrohydraulic vario-roof opens and closes at speeds not exceeding 25 mph to give occupants the sweet sensation of riding on the open as the wind gushes across their faces.
Many people considered the outgoing SLK cabin a bit cheap for a Mercedes, something the 2018 Mercedes SLC looks to change. The interior of the SLC is highly luxurious and stylish as you would expect of Mercedes. Its seats are upholstered in Nappa leather with a stylish contrast stitching. The seats are also perforated, heated and ventilated. 2017 Mercedes SL the vehicle’s 3-spoke steering wheel is also wrapped in leather. A 7-inch touch screen infotainment system has replaced the 5.8-inch on the outgoing SLK models. The new infotainment system is surrounded by 4-spoke vents. Similar vents are placed at the corners of its dashboard. The 2018 Mercedes SLC also features voice command, Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi, 2 USB ports, internet radio, DVD player, Smartphone integration and an SD card reader among others. In terms of safety, the vehicle features a rearview camera, stability and traction control, cruise control and Active Brake Assist. Also, standard on the SLC43 and optional on the SLC 300 are lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, park assist, forward collision mitigation and LED headlights which automatically adjust according to the lighting conditions of the road.
2018 Mercedes SLC Engine
The base 2018 Mercedes SLC is powered by a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine which produces 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 9G-Trionic automatic transmission that channels power to the rear wheels. The engine pushes the vehicle to hit 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 130 mph. If that power is not enough, buyers can opt for the SLC43 which is equipped with a 3.0 L V-6 engine which is capable of producing 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. This SLC43 accelerates form 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds. The engine is paired with the same transmission as the 2018 Mercedes SLC. The vehicles also come with Dynamic Select drive as standard even on the SLC300. This enables the driver to customize how the vehicle performs by just pressing a button. 2018 Mercedes SLC there are five performance modes; Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Eco as well as the customizable Individual mode.
2018 Mercedes SLC Price and Release Date
Mercedes had not released the official prices of the 2018 Mercedes SLC models as of this writing. However, we believe the price will not change significantly from that of the SLK models they are replacing. Currently, the SLK250 starts at $ 43,950 while the SLK55 AMG goes for $ 70,900. Expect similar prices for the SLC300 and SLC43 respectively. 2017 Mercedes SL the models will be released to dealer showrooms in the spring of 2016. When they come out, the 2018 Mercedes SLC models will face competition from the likes of Audi TT Roadstser and BMW Z4.